This is funny, but it also exposed a real problem: Â Denmark is like a retirement village
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We wrote the other day about all the sooks crying a river of tears because some lions in Copenhagen Zoo got a tasty feed of Marius the giraffe.
James Delingpole writes about the issue in The Telegraph.
One of the giraffes at Copenhagen Zoo has been killed, publicly dissected then fed to the lions. Public outrage has been immense. âHow could they do such a cruel and terrible thing?â people are asking on Twitter and elsewhere. âAnd what kind of a sick, weird parent would you have to be to take your children to watch a giraffe being cut up with a surgeonâs knife?â
Let me have a stab at answering the second question first, because Iâm one of those sick, weird parents. If Iâd been anywhere near Denmark that day, I too would have eagerly dragged my kids along to the zooâs operating theatre to witness the ghoulish but fascinating Inside Natureâs Giants-style spectacle.
Why? Well, partly for my entertainment and education, but mainly for the sake of my children. I know we all love to idealise our offspring as sensitive, bunny-hugging little moppets who wouldnât hurt a flea. But the truth is that there are few things kids enjoy more than a nice, juicy carcase with its guts hanging out. Dead birds are good; dead badgers are better; a dead giraffe is all but unbeatable.
You first tend to notice this trait on family walks. Desperately, youâll try to keep your reluctant toddler going by showing it lots of fascinating things. Sheep or tractors may do the job, just about. But not nearly as well, say, as a dead rabbit with its belly distended with putrefaction and flies crawling over its empty eye sockets. Itâs your childâs introduction to a concept we all have to grapple with in the end: what Damien Hirst once called âThe Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Livingâ.
This, no doubt, is one of the reasons for the enduring popularity of Roald Dahl. Dahlâs brilliant insight is that children, au fond, are horrid little sickos who like nothing better than stories about giants who steal you from your bed in the night to murder you, and enormous crocodiles that gobble you all up. His is a natural world red in tooth and claw: Fantastic Mr Fox really does slaughter chickens â because heâs a fox â and when he gets his tail shot off you know, much as you might wish it otherwise, that it is never ever going to grow back.Â Read more »
The silliness of arbitrary regulation for the sake of regulation is causing headlines in Europe where the Danish christmas tradition of cinnamon rolls is under threat.
The season’s festivities in Denmark have been overshadowed by the prospect that it could be the last Danish Christmas before aÂ European UnionÂ ban on their belovedÂ kanelsneglerÂ or cinnamon rolls.
The proposed ban followed plans by Denmark’s food safety agency to implement EU regulations aimed at limiting the amount of coumarin, a naturally occurring toxic chemical found in the most commonly used type of cinnamon, cassia.
Under Danish interpretation of the EU legislation the amount of cinnamon in “everyday fine baked goods” will be limited to 15mg per kilo meaning a ban on Kanelsnegler pastries, a winter favourite in all Nordic countries, which take their name from their coiled snail shape.Â Read more »
This is what we need instead of all the cooking and home renovation shows.
A year ago I visited the headquarters of the Danish public broadcaster DR to film a piece about the international success of their dramas Borgen and the Killing.
The two protagonists in those series were strong, feisty females who took no nonsense from anyone.
So it seems a little surreal to be back in Denmark now to talk to the same broadcasting company about their new show, called Blachman, in which a woman – aged 28-85 – is required to stand naked in front of fully-clothed men and to remain silent as those men talk about her body.
“It’s not reality TV!” protests the show’s inventor and host, Thomas Blachman. “And it’s poetry, not porn.”Â Read more »
Periodically some numpty decides that it would be a good idea to introduce some sort of fat tax. but rather than tax the fatty for stuffing their gob they seek to tax the ingredients. It doesn’t work and now there is proof it doesn’t work.
TheÂ Institute for Economic AffairsÂ in London has released a new report by Christopher Snowdon onÂ The Proof of the Pudding: Denmarkâs fat tax fiasco. A summary of the findings of the study are:
- Denmarkâs tax on saturated fat was hailed as a world-leading public health policy when it was introduced in October 2011, but it was abandoned fifteen months later when the unintended consequences became clear. This paper examines how a policy went from having almost unanimous parliamentary support to becoming âan unbearable burdenâ on the Danish people.
- The economic effects of the fat tax were almost invariably negative. It was blamed for helping inflation rise to 4.7 per cent in a year in which real wages fell by 0.8 per cent. Many Danes switched to cheaper brands or went over the border to Sweden and Germany to do their shopping. At least ten per cent of fat tax revenues were swallowed up in administrative costs and it was estimated to have cost 1,300 Danish jobs.Â Read more »
The Danes must be pretty uptight, but I do see his point.
“A right-wing Danish politician has mocked a Maori welcome to New Zealand, dubbing the powhiri an “uncivilised” ritual, and marae a “grotesque” mark of multicultural worship.
Marie Krarup, in an opinion piece in Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende, was shocked to be welcomed by a dancing, barely-clothed man, instead of a handshake or salute.
“When we came to a naval base, we were not received with a handshake or salute by uniformed men as usual,” she wrote.
“No, we were welcomed with a Maori dance ritual, with a half-naked man in grass skirt, shouting and screaming in Maori.”Â Read more »
Good piece on the Nordic countries in the Economist â highlights how their economic model is working but interesting reasons why:
- Sweden has reduced public spending from 67% to 49% of GDP from 1993 to today
- Top marginal tax rate has been cut by 27% from 1983 and continuing to fall.
- Scrapped taxes such as property, gift, wealth and inheritance taxes
- Corporate tax rate cut to 22%
Before this Sweden had been demoted from 4thÂ richest in the world in the 70âs to 14thÂ in 1993.Â Read more »
Back in 2011 I blogged aboutÂ theÂ new fat tax in Denmark and said at the time it wouldn’t work.
Unfortunately the Danes experiment won’t work because they are taxing the wrong things. Instead of taxing foods with fat in them they need to be taxing things with carbohydrates in them, that is a much broader tax base to start with and secondly will actually address the issue.
You would think that after 50 years of telling people to eat less fat to get thinner we would have a whole heap of thin people, instead we have the exact opposite with the high focus on carbohydrate rich foods. The obesity epidemic is being caused by the health professionals forcing us to carb load.
I was right…it didn’t work and is now it is being repealed…though that won’t stop Labour and the Greens adopting similar stupid policies:
Citing a harmful effect on businesses and consumer buying power, lawmakers in Denmark have repealed the so-called fat tax, which was charged on foods high in saturated fats, after just one year.
In a related decision, the Danish tax ministry said it was canceling plans for a sugar tax. âThe fat tax is one of the most criticized we had in a long time,â Mette Gjerskov, minister of food, agriculture and fisheries, said on Saturday during a news conference in Copenhagen, the day the repeal was announced.
âNow we have to try to improve public health by other means.â
Fat bastards just need to stop stuffing food in their gobs.
In Denmark they are trying to make catching the bus cool. It is a cool ad but riding the bus still sucks, and is only marginally better than trains. All those people int eh ad must be actors because the only people who usually take buses are smelly hippys and the indigent, certainly not hot chicks.
Riding the bus might not qualify as the most glamourous form of transportation. But do they really deserve a reputation that ranks slightly below cars and slightly above motorized scooters?
After watching a brilliant ad spot out of Denmark from ad agency M2Film, you might just put the brakes on that thought.
Handy tip: Turn on the Closed Captioning by pushing the CC button at the bottom of the video for subtitles.